Fertility for Same Sex Couples
At Bath Fertility, we offer a complete range of treatments to help same sex couples become parents, including Donor Sperm, IUI, IVF and also the option of Egg Sharing and Surrogacy.
We ask patients to choose their own sperm through a number of recommended sperm banks. If you would like to use a known sperm donor, we can advise you on the treatment procedure and any questions you may have about the implications.
Our rigorous screening procedures give you maximum reassurance over the quality and safety of the sperm used in our treatments. It’s important to know that children born as a result of donation are able to identify the donor if they wish after the age of 18. It is also possible to store sperm for future use if you wish to increase your family (so called sibling sperm).
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a fertility treatment that involves placing prepared sperm inside the uterus, close to your eggs. This is timed to coincide with ovulation. The treatment maximises the chances of sperm reaching an egg and for fertilisation to occur.
In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), in simple terms, is when your eggs are collected, mixed with sperm in the laboratory to create embryos, which are then placed back into your uterus to become a normal pregnancy.
IVF with Donor Sperm and Egg Sharing
If you would like to donate some of your eggs to other woman who can only get pregnant through the use of donor eggs, we can offer you a cycle of IVF at a reduced cost, through our Egg Sharing Programme.
To take part in the Egg Sharing Programme, you must be aged between 21-35 years old, and have no serious medical history.
Egg Freezing – Delaying becoming a parent
You may want a family in the future but are worried about declining fertility due to your age. If this is the case, you can choose to freeze your eggs now for future use. You can also freeze your eggs if you’re about to undergo medical or surgical treatment which may affect your fertility.
Ideally Egg Freezing should take place before age 38, as success beyond this time is limited. When you decide to use your eggs, are thawed and then fertilised using ICSI. (ICSI is when a single sperm is injected directly into each egg).
Surrogacy is an option for a woman who cannot carry her own pregnancy but who has functioning ovaries. Her eggs are collected and fertilised with her partner’s sperm. The embryos is then placed in another woman’s uterus to carry the baby for her.
In a small number of cases, there can be difficult problems with both partners, and in some cases the option of donor embryos might be considered appropriate. These are embryos that have already been created, but are not needed by the couple and have been offered for donation. They are all fully screened.
As part of our ongoing commitment to give all our patients the best level of support and care during their fertility treatment, we offer a free counselling service. Our counsellor is there to help at all stages of your journey. Many couples find it helpful to discuss their feelings before, during and after treatment.
Using Donor Sperm or Donor Eggs has certain implications for you, your partner and any children you have as a result of your fertility treatment. Our counsellors will discuss this in detail with you and support throughout your journey with us.